Movie Renter's Guide - November, 2009


"Big" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen



A young boy, Josh Baskin, is frustrated with the problems of being young. His baby sister is moving into his room, and other frustrations lead him to wish that he would grow up. Surprisingly enough, the carnival machine that he makes the wish to grants it to him the next morning and he awakes as an adult (Tom Hanks), but still the same person mentally that he was the night before. Now Josh must struggle to find the machine that granted him this wish, as well as discover what life is like as an adult as he tries to fit in and adjust to his new life.



  • 20th Century Fox
  • 1988, Color, Rated PG, 2 Hr 13 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia
  • Directed by Penny Marshall
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  • Violence: None
  • Sex: None
  • Language: Mild

Having not seen Big since it originally was released, I was curious how it would hold up over the course of 20 years. I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable the movie still was, and Tom Hanks does quite a good job in his role of someone young trapped in a body and life that they aren't prepared to handle yet. This is one movie that I will keep on the shelf for when our kids are old enough to watch and enjoy it, as I can enjoy it with them.


To my eye, Big looked to be quite good for a 20+ year old film. While not as sharp as a modern film would be, it was a better transfer than even some current films that I have watched on Blu-ray, and brought out quite a bit of detail. It was still a touch soft, but overall it was quite nice. The soundtrack is very much what you would expect from a comedy 20 years ago, with some use of the surrounds but not extensively, but dialog was clear and sharp, and I didn't hear any dynamic issues with the audio.


Most of the extras are carried over from the previous DVD release of the film, with an audio commentary featuring the producer and writers that is spliced together and not scene specific, and is a bit strange compared to most commentary tracks. Also included are some featurettes and a TV special, along with deleted scenes, all of which are in SD. The theatrical trailer is also included, and is presented in HD. I should mention that you can watch the original cut of the film, or an extended cut, which are presented using seamless branching.